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NOAA Miami Regional Library at AOML

A Branch of the NOAA Central Library


ESSA Facility in Miami


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The ESSA Institute for Oceanography in South Miami Avenue (1967).


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The front door of the ESSA Institute for Oceanography in South Miami Avenue (April 1970).


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The ESSA Institute for Oceanography parking area in South Miami Avenue (April 1970). The ESSA building is to the left of the image. The Four Ambassadors Condominiums are seen in the distance.


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Interior of the ESSA Institute for Oceanography parking area in South Miami Avenue (1967-1968).

The ESSA Institute for Oceanography (IFO) searched for a site on the East Coast. Virginia Key in South Florida was selected as the future home of the new ESSA laboratory, the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML).

ESSA/IFO staff moved to a 901 S. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL facility after the AOML construction site was selected. This location served scientific and administrative needs of ESSA/IFO while AOML was under construction. A series of photographs in the George A. Berberian Collection document the exterior and interior of the facility. The South Miami Avenue building no longer exists.


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The R/V VIRGINIA KEY and the launch moored on the Miami River behind the Sea-Air Interaction Laboratory (August 1972).

The ESSA Sea-Air Interaction Laboratory (SAIL) was located on the Miami River near the ESSA/IFO facility. The R/V VIRGINIA Key and a launch were moored next to it. The VIRGINIA KEY became an integral part of AOML sea operations and served for many years.


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Aerial photo of the oceanographic complex in Virginia Key (1970s). View is towards the west.


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